Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Children's Magazine 'Highlights' Adds LGBT Families

The Advocate reports

After a campaign launched by a lesbian couple, Highlights magazine, one of the oldest and largest children’s magazine publishers in the U.S., began including same-sex parents in several of its publications. Images of two-mom and two-dad families appeared in the February issue of Highlights (its magazine for 6-to-12-year-olds), and in the March issues of Hello (for children from birth to age 2), and High Five (for 2-to-6-year-olds).

The action was spurred by a social media campaign beginning last October, when mom Kara Desiderio wrote to express disappointment that her daughter didn’t see two-mom families like hers in Hello. Her spouse, Kristina Wertz (director of engagement at Funders for LGBTQ Issues), then posted on Highlights’ Facebook page noting the need to reflect the diversity of the world and saying she hopes Highlights “embraces that diversity.”

Highlights’ initial response on Facebook was reluctant, explaining, “We understand your wish to see your family’s situation represented in Hello. For much of our readership, the topic of same-sex families is still new, and parents are still learning how to approach the subject with their children, even the very little ones. We believe that parents know best when their family is ready to open conversation around the topic of same-sex families.”

See full article here.

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